Dr John Coll

Geography, ICARUS

Laraghbryan House
2.7
(01) 708 6550

Biography

I graduated from the University of Stirling with an Honours degree in Environmental Science and Biology in 1996.  After a few years back in the workplace, a PhD followed at the University of the Highlands and Islands: Local scale assessment of climate change and its impacts in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (2007).  Since May 2008 I have been employed as a researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS) at Maynooth University working on a range of projects. 
 

Research Interests

In my current role I am involved in the scientific evaluation of global and regional surface atmospheric essential climate variables. Part of the work involves technical computing in Linux and Python to enable running of the Earth System Model Evaluation Tool and applying this to reanalysis datasets alongside gridded and other observational products in order to evaluate the data holdings in the Copernicus data store. Since this is a service contract the role also involves scientific reporting on regular 6 monthly cycles to meet the deliverables due to Copernicus via ECMWF. There are also regular teleconferences to coordinate the approach between the various European partners.

I am a climatologist with interests in climate change impacts and adaptation. I have a particular interest and significant expertise in statistical and applied probability modelling for spatial binary data, and in applying this to explore the impacts of climate change on natural systems. While a strong interdisciplinary approach and broad understanding of climate change research has been developed, my current areas of core research activity are;
 ·         Homogeneity assessment of climate data time series.  I have worked extensively on the  application of HOMogenization softwarE in R (HOMER) and other statistical relative homogenisation programmes to multiple station time series. 
 ·         Bioclimatic envelope modelling: the application of techniques including Generalised Linear Models (GLMs), Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) and the use of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs).  Applying model ensemble approaches in the BIOMOD library (R-based).

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Application of homogenization methods for Ireland's monthly precipitation records: Comparison of break detection results'
Coll, J;Domonkos, P;Guijarro, J;Curley, M;Rustemeier, E;Aguilar, E;Walsh, S;Sweeney, J (2020) 'Application of homogenization methods for Ireland's monthly precipitation records: Comparison of break detection results'. International Journal of Climatology, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'Precipitation trends in the island of Ireland using a dense, homogenized, observational dataset'
Domonkos P.;Coll J.;Guijarro J.;Curley M.;Rustemeier E.;Aguilar E.;Walsh S.;Sweeney J. (2020) 'Precipitation trends in the island of Ireland using a dense, homogenized, observational dataset'. International Journal of Climatology, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Minimal climate change impacts on natural organic matter forecasted for a potable water supply in Ireland'
O'Driscoll C;Ledesma JLJ;Coll J;Murnane JG;Nolan P;Mockler EM;Futter MN;Xiao LW; (2018) 'Minimal climate change impacts on natural organic matter forecasted for a potable water supply in Ireland'. Science of the Total Environment, 630 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 'Time series homogenisation of large observational datasets: impact of the number of partner series on efficiency'
Domonkos, P;Coll, J (2018) 'Time series homogenisation of large observational datasets: impact of the number of partner series on efficiency'. Climate Research, 74 :31-42 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Impact of missing data on the efficiency of homogenisation: experiments with ACMANTv3'
Domonkos P.;Coll J. (2018) 'Impact of missing data on the efficiency of homogenisation: experiments with ACMANTv3'. Theorectical and Applied Climatology, :1-13 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Towards an integrated set of surface meteorological observations for climate science and applications'
Thorne, P. W.,Allan, R. J.,Ashcroft, L.,Brohan, P.,Dunn, R. J. H.,Menne, M. J.,Pearce, P. R.,Picas, J.,Willett, K. M.,Benoy, M.,Bronnimann, S.,Canziani, P. O.,Coll, J.,Crouthamel, R.,Compo, G. P.,Cuppett, D.,Curley, M.,Duffy, C.,Gillespie, I.,Guijarro, J.,Jourdain, S.,Kent, E. C.,Kubota, H.,Legg, T. P.,Li, Q.,Matsumoto, J.,Murphy, C.,Rayner, N. A.,Rennie, J. J.,Rustemeier, E.,Slivinski, L. C.,Slonosky, V.,Squintu, A.,Tinz, B.,Valente, M. A.,Walsh, S.,Wang, X. L.,Westcott, N.,Wood, K.,Woodruff, S. D.,Worley, S. J. (2017) 'Towards an integrated set of surface meteorological observations for climate science and applications'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, [full-text] [Details]
2016 'Homogenisation of temperature and precipitation time series with ACMANT3: Method description and efficiency tests'
Domonkos P.;Coll J. (2016) 'Homogenisation of temperature and precipitation time series with ACMANT3: Method description and efficiency tests'. International Journal of Climatology, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2016 'The diversity and composition of moth assemblages of protected and degraded raised bogs in Ireland'
Flynn C, Griffin C, Coll J, Williams C (2016) 'The diversity and composition of moth assemblages of protected and degraded raised bogs in Ireland'. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 9 (4):302-319 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2016 'Homogenization and analysis of an expanded long-term monthly rainfall network for the Island of Ireland (1850-2010)'
Noone, S;Murphy, C;Coll, J;Matthews, T;Mullan, D;Wilby, RL;Walsh, S (2016) 'Homogenization and analysis of an expanded long-term monthly rainfall network for the Island of Ireland (1850-2010)'. International Journal of Climatology, 36 :2837-2853 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2015 'Recent Trends in Temperature and Precipitation in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman, and the Implications for Future Climate Change'
al-Kalbani M, Coll J, Price, MF (2015) 'Recent Trends in Temperature and Precipitation in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman, and the Implications for Future Climate Change'. [full-text] [Details]
2014 'Projected loss of active blanket bogs in Ireland'
Coll, J;Bourke, D;Skeffington, MS;Gormally, M;Sweeney, J (2014) 'Projected loss of active blanket bogs in Ireland'. Climate Research, 59 :103-115 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2013 'Sensitivity of Ferry Services to the Western Isles of Scotland to Changes in Wave and Wind Climate'
Coll, J;Woolf, DK;Gibb, SW;Challenor, PG (2013) 'Sensitivity of Ferry Services to the Western Isles of Scotland to Changes in Wave and Wind Climate'. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52 :1069-1084 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2011 'Developing a predictive modelling capacity for a climate change-vulnerable blanket bog habitat: Assessing 1961-1990 baseline relationships'
Coll J.;Bourke D.;Skeffington M.;Sweeney J.;Gormally M. (2011) 'Developing a predictive modelling capacity for a climate change-vulnerable blanket bog habitat: Assessing 1961-1990 baseline relationships'. Irish Geography, 44 (1):27-60 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2010 'Developing site scale projections of climate change in the Scottish Highlands'
Coll, J;Gibb, SW;Price, MF;McClatchey, J;Harrison, J (2010) 'Developing site scale projections of climate change in the Scottish Highlands'. Climate Research, 45 :71-85 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2010 'Climate change and Europe's mountains'
Coll J (2010) 'Climate change and Europe's mountains' In: Europe's ecological backbone: recognising the true value of our mountains. Copenhagen: European Environment Agency. [Details]
2005 'Modelling future climate in the Scottish Highlands - an approach integrating local climatic variables and climate model outputs'
Coll J, Gibb SW and Harrison, J (2005) 'Modelling future climate in the Scottish Highlands - an approach integrating local climatic variables and climate model outputs' In: . D.B.A. Thompson, M.F. Price and C.A. Galbraith (eds). The Mountains Of Europe: Conservation, Management , People and Nature. Edinburgh: HMSO. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 Projected loss of climate space for active blanket bog in Ireland
Coll J, Bourke D, Sheehy Skeffington M, Gormally M, (2016) Projected loss of climate space for active blanket bog in Ireland . In: Rotherham, I eds. In the bog: the ecology, landscape, archaeology and heritage of peatlands conference Sheffield, [Details]
2014 Ireland with HOMER
Coll J, Curley M, Walsh S, Sweeney J (2014) Ireland with HOMER Proceedings of 8th Seminar for Homogenisation and Quality Control in Climatological Databases and 3rd Conference on Spatial Interpolation in Climatology and Meteorology WMO, Geneva, , pp.23-45 [Details]
2006 Upland climate change impacts – towards improved site-scale assessments for land managers?
Coll J, Gibb SW, Harrison J (2006) Upland climate change impacts – towards improved site-scale assessments for land managers? . In: Price, MF eds. Global Change in Mountain Regions , pp.273-275 [Details]
2004 Sensitivity of ferry services to the Western Isles of Scotland to changes in wave climate
Woolf D, Coll J, Gibb SW, Challenor P (2004) Sensitivity of ferry services to the Western Isles of Scotland to changes in wave climate OMAE [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 HOMERUN: Relative Homogenisation of the Irish Precipitation Network.
John Coll, Mary Curley, Séamus Walsh and John Sweeney (2018) HOMERUN: Relative Homogenisation of the Irish Precipitation Network. Environmental Protection Agency, Co Wexford, Ireland. [Details]
2013 Current and future vulnerabilities to climate change in Ireland.
Coll J, Sweeney J (2013) Current and future vulnerabilities to climate change in Ireland. Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin. [full-text] [Details]
2013 Winners and Losers: Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in Ireland.
Coll J, Bourke D, Sweeney J, Gormally M, Sheehy Skeffington M (2013) Winners and Losers: Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in Ireland. EPA, Dublin. [full-text] [Details]
2009 Biodiversity and Climate Change in Ireland.
Coll J, Maguire M, Sweeney J (2009) Biodiversity and Climate Change in Ireland. Comhar, SDC, Dublin. [Details]
2007 Impacts of Climate change on Storms and Waves.
Woolf D, Coll J (2007) Impacts of Climate change on Storms and Waves. Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership Second Annual Report Card, Lowestoft. [Details]
2006 Impacts of Climate change on Storms and Waves.
Woolf D, Coll J (2006) Impacts of Climate change on Storms and Waves. Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership First Annual Report Card, Lowestoft. [Details]
2004 Scenarios of the future – Scotland Under Climate Change. Setting: Coasts and Seas.
Coll J, Allan J, Harrison J (2004) Scenarios of the future – Scotland Under Climate Change. Setting: Coasts and Seas. Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Royal Meteorological Society Member 01-JAN-20 / 31-DEC-20

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Programme Board: ECHOES Member 2020 / 2023
Advisory Board: ECHOES Member 2020 / 2023

Reviews

  Journal Role
International Journal Of Biometeorology Reviewer
Wetlands Reviewer
International Journal Of Climatology Reviewer

Teaching Interests

I have been sometimes responsible for and involved with the teaching of the following modules;

- GY208: Field Methods and Data Analysis
- GY216: Hazards and Society
- GY261: Global Environmental Change
- GY206: Overseas Field Course
- GY655 and GY656: MSc in Climate Change

I have supervised a range of MSc thesis projects and some UG thesis projects.

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Met Éireann, Investigator and co-author IRELAND
Agencia Estatal de Meteorologia Investigator and co-author SPAIN
Universitat Rovira i Virgili Investigator and co-author SPAIN
Liverpool John Moores University Investigator and co-author UNITED KINGDOM
University of Southampton Investigator and co-author UNITED KINGDOM
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Investigator and co-author SWEDEN
University of the Highlands and Islands Investigator and co-author UNITED KINGDOM
Trinity College Dublin Investigator and co-author IRELAND
National University of Ireland, Galway Investigator and co-author IRELAND